Stone Age Audio Giveaway

Stone Age Audio Cover

To promote the release of Stone Age on audio book tomorrow, I’m giving away an MP3 Instant Download copy on Saturday. This masterful production of Stone Age was brought to life through the amazing voice of Dan John Miller. I’ve only heard a snippet of this, but I am already blown away by how good it sounds.

Rules: You must be an Apocalyptic Update subscriber (Do that here) no later than Friday 12/12/14. That’s it! I’ll draw the winner on Saturday 12/13. Winner will be notified by email.

MP3 Audio Sample:

To Order – If you cannot wait–I know, I can’t–you can order your copy (in MP3 and Audio CD) of Stone Age on audio book through one of these two sites:
  > On Tantor (My publisher): Stone Age on Tantor
  > On Amazon (Available in a day or two): Stone Age on Amazon

Let me know what you think!
After you have listened to the MP3 sample, let me know what you thought.

Pre-Order Stone Age Audio Book

Tantor-Audio-Book-Stone-AgeIn my last post, before taking some R&R on a cruise ship around the Med, I told you about Stone Age, being brought to life in audio book format on December 9th.

TODAY’S UPDTATE: For all who are interested, Tantor Media (my publisher for this audio book), if you order right now (I believe before the December 9th release) directly on Tantor’s website: HERE, you can get the MP3 CD for only $9.99.

This is a terrific deal for Stone Age fans for 8 hours of great audio brought to life by Dan John Miller. I am highly anticipating this and cannot wait to hear it.

I plant on providing a snippet right here on when I get it. Of course, if you wait until then, you won’t get the pre-order price. If you want to listen to some of Dan John Miller’s other audio work, go HERE.




Stone Age audio book coming December 9th

Stone-Age-AudioHey audio book fans, Stone Age will be coming out in audio on December 9th… Just in time for your Christmas shopping.

Tantor Media is releasing this on as well as Amazon and all other places that sell audio books.

I’m most excited about the narration, which is being done by Dan John Miller. Dan is an accomplished actor (Walk the Line, Leatherheads, and My One and Only) and musician, as well has having an amazing voice. He breaths life to characters and makes them jump of the pages of many books by Phillip Roth, Nora Roberts, & Dean Koontz.

I will be listening to Dan’s rendition of Stone Age the next time I drive down to the beach in Mexico. Hope you’ll pick up your copy too.


Review of Last Stand

Last-Stand-ReviewLong before I even considered writing a book, I loved nothing more than reading them. Although I don’t allow myself much time for reading other novels, when I do, I tear through them pretty quick. I was actually saving William H. Weber’s first novel, Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse for my upcoming cruise. However, once I started this post-apocalyptic story, I couldn’t put the darn thing down.

Set in a suburban Tennessee neighborhood, when America comes under a nuclear-EMP-attack, a prepper and his family decide to protect their neighbors rather than play it safe and head to their bug-out location. You’ll recognize one part of the storyline: the American power grid goes down and chaos reigns.

I can see why William’s books (book#2 is out and book#3 is coming out later this year) sell so well. The pace is fairly rapid, almost right from the opening pages, and continues to the very end. You cannot help but be there alongside the main character, whose primary drive is to protect his family at all costs, but is also drawn to protecting his neighbors.

I vastly enjoyed Last Stand. If you’ve liked either of my books, you’ll relish this one. It’s not only a quick read, it’s informative too. I’m so happy to see another book providing fair warning about how vulnerable our power grid is to being taken down–this time due to an EMP, rather than the sun inducing electrical currents–and what that will mean to each of us. For both possibilities, the message from my books and this one is, we all need to prepare. Now, I’m speaking to the knowledgeable as well as the novice preppers in my audience: William throws many bones your way. I learned quite a bit, savoring the details (none done to excess). But then the unthinkable happened much too quickly, the book ended. Alas, Last Stand: Patriots (Book 2) is now downloaded and on my Kindle ready to be savored during my days at sea.

Disclosure: I know the author, William H. Webber, and he was kind enough to write glowing words about yours truly on the back cover of my new book, DESOLATION.

All that said, get Last Stand, read it, and then let me know what you thought.


A 21st Century Attempt at a War of the Worlds Broadcast

War of the Worlds broadcast causes panic

War of the Worlds broadcast causes panic

On Halloween, October 31, 1938, Orson Wells broadcast The War of the Worlds on radio’s Mercury Theatre on the Air.  The 62 minute broadcast, made to sound like it was a live news show, shocked many who tuned in after the disclaimer, and thought that aliens were actually invading the US.  A small panic ensued, although the panic was more media generated, with 12,500 articles reporting on the broadcast, published over the following days.  Even Adolf Hitler was quoted as saying about the broadcast, that it was, “evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of democracy.” (source

Opinions aside, this was one of the most successful viral marketing campaigns of its time, before viral marketing was even invented.  It made a name for Orson Wells, who went on to make great movies like Citizen Kane.

What if this were done today?  What if rather than using radio, the primary broadcast medium of its day, someone used today’s primary broadcast mediums: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and so on to broadcast a dramatization of some similar type of apocalyptic event?  Would it even work?  Let’s find out.

Today’s War of the Worlds

Then:  Orson Wells Today:  ML Banner

Orson Welles in 1937

Orson Welles in 1937

Things are so bright, you gotta wear shades?

M.L. Banner in 2014

Starting October 28th, and leading up to Halloween (10/31/14), I plan such an experiment, to herald the release of my second book, DESOLATION in the STONE AGE Series. These books cover a subject far scarier and believable than alien invasion: solar storms taking out our power and infrastructure, and with it our way of life. We’ll see if I can channel my inner Orson Wells and get the word out.  Assuming it goes as planned, there will be some similarities to both broadcasts and some marketable differences:

Then:  Orson Wells’ broadcast did not draw a large share of the radio listening audience, because most Americans were listening to the more popular Edgar Bergen show.

Today:  I have very few social media followers, but thousands of readers.

Then:  War of the Worlds was broadcast for only 62 minutes.  But it was the press that carried the story several days: this is what made the story viral.

Today:  My plan is to broadcast “bulletins” from STONE AGE though Halloween, the day of DESOLATION’s release.  I am hoping that some social media influencers and some news sources will pick up my “broadcasts”, just as newspapers picked up the story of Orson Wells’ radio broadcasts.

What is the STONE AGE Series?

Stone Age

Stone Age

Imagine all technology stopping! This very well could happen if  large enough solar storms were to hit our earth. The STONE AGE Series of books ( fictionalizes what would happen to our world if a Carrington-Type Flare, similar to the one that hit earth on 1859. Such an event, it is argued by scientists, would destroy most of our technology: our power grid, water and food distribution, transportation,   communication, and most, if not all, common electronic devices. The result would be the mass death of hundreds of millions and would essentially send our society back to a new   Stone Age.

An astrophysicist featured in my book said it best, “Any day now we will be hit with a solar storm that will return us back to the Stone Age!” Dr. Carrington Reid



The Plan

One of the main characters of STONE AGE is a fictional scientist who, issues bulletins throughout the book to his subscribers, calling attention to the potential coming apocalypse.   Each bulletin is successively worse than the previous one, until the last (announced the day before The Event) says: “It is coming!” and describes the ensuing apocalypse that will follow.

I will have my fictional scientist broadcast each “Bulletin” each day on his website – I created one a few months ago for just this purpose – and then he will share that Bulletin via social media.

ML Banner will then share this with my social media audience, using appropriate hash tags, such as #IsThisReal? And a tag line like “Carrington Flare coming any day!”  I’ll ask a few influencers to do the same in different communities:  Prepper, Social, Sci-Fi, Science, Media, Conspiracy, etc.

My hope is that the story of this will be picked up by larger mainstream media services, leading up to the release of my book a day or two after the last Bulletin’s release.

Well there is my plan.  I admit a certain selfishness is behind this plan, as my ultimate goal is to sell more books.  But, I’m also very interested in calling attention to the seriousness of solar storms and what we can do to protect ourselves for the day when they will occur.

Want to get involved? Be sure to subscribe to my Twitter feed (ml_banner) or friend my author page (AuthorMLBanner) and then forward my appropriate posts to your followers/friends as well.

Well Orson, here goes nothing.